I actually don’t remember when I purchased my Sport Sock in the Holy Crow colorway from Spun Right Round. It was probably as soon as I discovered she carried sport weight sock yarn because it’s no secret that I kind of have an obsession with sport weight socks. I love that they knit up quickly and are cozy in the winter, but that they still fit in my shoes. In any case, I think I wound this yarn in the pre-trip delusional packing that went on before our trip to the Badlands in April and suffice to say I did not get to it on the trip. I got no where near it.
This fall, I’ve been trying to make some stash progress though, and that has meant first working on knitting up things I pre-maturely wound into center-pull balls. Enter, once again, Holy Crow.
I opted to knit them into Simple Skyp Socks. This free Ravelry pattern boasts multiple sizes and a pretty stitch pattern that is really easy to memorize. It’s really an ideal pattern for me when I know I’ll be picking up and setting my knitting down a lot or when I know I need to be able to knit on something that I can look away from frequently. They also work really well for me when I’m not 100% awake — like early morning or later in the evening. They took me a little over a month to knit up, but considering I completed 3 or 4 skeins of handspun, sweaters for both kids, a cowl, and considerable progress on two different shawls, that doesn’t seem too bad to me.
As you can see, the stitch pattern looks really pretty with the yarn. I love Spun Right Round’s approach to color — it’s always fun & unexpected & spontaneous, so you never know when you’ll hit a pop of orange or a few stitches of jet black. It really makes each project unique and keeps me on my toes. I like that a lot!
I opted to play some low-level yarn chicken and went with 7.5″ legs on these and I wound up with a little under 20yds left. It wasn’t too much of a nail-biter and I’m pretty happy I pushed it a bit for the longer leg.
The finished socks are simply fantastic. The yarn is squishy and lovely on my feet and the fit is great. Since my sock drawer is kind of exploding with handknit socks I was planning to tuck these away in my cedar chest in an effort to start stockpiling for the future, but I have a feeling I won’t be able to wait to wear these. That’s OK, though. I just keep thinking to myself: Life is short, right? Wear the socks!
I do have one more skein of Sport Sock in my stash — it’s the Chalkboard colorway which I absolutely adore and can’t wait to knit up. This, of course, does not stop me from dreaming about The Walkers or Distortion colorways though. Thankfully, I’m saved by my mother-in-law who asked me last week if I’d be up for making her another pair. Of course, I jump at the opportunity to knit for family and I immediately checked my notebook for her foot measurements (which I do indeed have noted) and then went straight to my stash where I picked out 2 or 3 skeins for her. Now I’ve just got to integrate that knitting in with my other knitting and spinning projects over the next couple of months. But I just keep thinking to myself: Life is short, right? Knit the socks!